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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Baylor junior David Danquah has committed to the University of North Carolina, an ACC program that had a top-three national ranking this fall.

Baylor School junior David Danquah announced Wednesday morning that he has committed to the University of North Carolina soccer program.

Danquah has shown flashy footwork, speed and ball-striking ability since joining the Red Raiders after arriving in the United States from Ghana two years ago.

During his freshman season in spring 2019, he scored in his debut, recorded a hat trick in one match and assisted on two goals in another. He also scored in Baylor's match against Boyd Buchanan this past spring, which was the Red Raiders' season opener and wound up also being their season finale when the TSSAA canceled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Chapel Hill, Danquah will join an Atlantic Coast Conference program that had a top-three national ranking this fall.

"We are extremely excited for David to play at the highest level of collegiate soccer in the ACC while also getting a top education from one of the best universities," Baylor coach Curtis Blair said. "UNC's program is in the top 10 nationally. We knew David was special when he was a freshman. There have been some great players at Baylor, but David could be one of the biggest all-time. We are so excited for his future."

 

WRESTLING

Dalton 49, Walker Valley 24: Two-time GHSA state champion and recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga signee Hunter Noland had one of seven pins for the Catamounts on Tuesday. Dalton had an impressive streak, winning six straight weight classes (113 pounds to 145 pounds) before 160-pounder Noland started a streak of three straight pins for the team. Walker Valley received pins from Markus Rich (152), Heath Tanksley (195), Kallum Lowe (220) and Jacob Anderson (285), who won in just 32 seconds.

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Hixson 67, Central 59: The Wildcats powered back from a six-point halftime deficit by scoring 44 second-half points to win at home Tuesday night. Hixson was led by Kaden Herman, who was 8-for-9 on free throws and made a trio of 3-pointers as he scored 25 points. Niklous Wesley added points 15 in the victory, while Central received strong play from Donavin Taylor (14 points) and Garrett Hubbard (11).

East Hamilton 75, Sweetwater 32: Senior Darwin Randolph continues to help propel the Hurricanes' fast start, with the stellar point guard making three 3-pointers among his 17 points in Tuesday's victory. Jordan Harris added 13 points for East Hamilton (5-1), which led 46-17 at halftime.

Chattanooga Patriots 58, Grace Academy 56: The Patriots knocked down 10 3-pointers and outscored the Golden Eagles 18-10 in the fourth quarter in Tuesday's comeback victory. The long-range shooting of Maguire Evans (17 points, five 3-pointers) and Jonathan Swanson (12 points, three 3s) was key in the win. Grace Academy's Mason Long scored 22 points.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Chattanooga Patriots 54, Grace Academy 17: Chattanooga's Sydney Petty scored a game-high 17 points, and Emmaline Carlisle and Morgan Sliger each added 12. Grace Academy's Taylor Adams scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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